December 11, 2010 12:00 PM by Shayla Perry
It’s no secret that Crystal Bowersox of American Idol has a troubled past, growing up with a mother who abused her and raising her son as a single mom. But what most people don’t know is just how bad things were for young Crystal Bowersox, who admittedly downplayed her story for the producers of the FOX reality show.
“I didn’t tell [the Idol producers] a lot of my story. I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, wah wah, look at me,” Bowersox told Yahoo’s Lyndsey Parker. “But I have a million stories of digging through garbage cans for food and sleeping on park benches… When my son was born, he slept in a Moses basket on my nightstand. I didn’t have money for a bassinet and all that… But he had love, constant love, and now he has all the fancy little things that make life fun. He’s getting a racecar bed for Christmas.”
With her painful past providing the inspiration for her debut album, Crystal Bowersox’s Farmer’s Daughter isn’t the kind of “bubble gum pop” record you’d expect from American Idol.
“The subject matter is pretty heavy, but it’s honest. There are plenty of people out there dealing right how with what I dealt with as a kid…Sadly, a lot of people can relate to it, and it’s going to strike a chord.
“It’s definitely autobiographical. I never want to talk about my motherly poorly because she did the best she could…She was a single mom of three kids. That is not easy…We were poor and she would get frustrated and she didn’t know how to deal with her emotions, and she’d turn to drinking and things would get physical a lot in our house growing up,” Bowersox revealed. “There was constant chaos, cops on the lawn, physical fights and stuff. A lot of my youth was very dark and ugly. But I don’t see ‘Farmer’s Daughter’ as a dark song, because for me it was healing. All of the emotion in that song is no longer inside of me.”
For the complete two-part interview with American Idol’s Crystal Bowersox, click here.
Crystal’s debut album, Farmer’s Daughter will be released on December 14th.
Season 10 of American Idol premieres Wednesday, January 19 on FOX.
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